Author Archives: Bex Outram, Assistant Reserve Manager

Ending on a High

Wednesday 15th August comments: As we come to the end of our population blogs we shall end on a positive note. The Eiders are up 5% to 1,183 incubating females; the third ever highest count on the Isle of May, … Continue reading

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Not Everyones Favourite…Gulls!

  Monday 13th August comments: They might have a bad reputation but the gulls of the Isle of May are decreasing in number. Herring Gulls have declined by 11% over the past two years; with 3,398 pairs breeding, the lowest … Continue reading

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A Tern for the Worst

Saturday 10th August comments: After seven years of population increases the Isle of May tern numbers have fallen. The Arctic Terns have shown the largest decrease with a 69% drop, to 261 breeding pairs.  The Common Terns have decreased to 17 … Continue reading

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Counts Continued!

Friday 10th August comments: The cliff nesting birds on the Isle of May have all declined in numbers this year, following the trend of the Razorbills and Guillemots. The numbers of breeding pairs of Kittiwakes have fallen by 30%, to … Continue reading

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The Counts Are In….

Wednesday 8th August comments: It has come to that time of year on the Isle of May that we reveal our seabird population figures, so over the next week we will be bringing you updates from this season.  Today it’s the start … Continue reading

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Lighthouse is Open

Saturday 4th August comments: The Isle of May Stevenson Lighthouse is now open every day! So why not come out see inside this unusual, impressive lighthouse.  Built in 1816 and designed by Stevenson, the Mainlight replaced the Beacon as the … Continue reading

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Wader Walks

Wednesday 1st August comments: The Isle of May is designated as a key site in the UK for wintering waders, in particular Turnstone and Purple Sandpiper, so today it was part of our job to walk the island and count all … Continue reading

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